How Self-Moving Works

Making a long-distance self-move

In the past, when people wanted to save money moving, the only option was to do everything yourself. These days, DIY moving is still going strong, but there are more options, including ones where you still handle moving labor, but you don’t have to drive the moving equipment. Not only is self-moving an economical choice, but it is also a convenient option for long-distance moving, especially when you choose a service like U-Pack®.

Couple packing moving boxes together doing a self-move.


What is self-moving, and what are its benefits?

As the name suggests, self-moving is a do-it-yourself type of move where you do all or a portion of the work, and in return get a lower moving price. It's a great alternative to full-service moving if you’re moving on a budget and don’t want to pay the hefty prices that come with that type of move. Here’s how it works and what you can expect: 

Do your own loading and unloading to save money 

With self-moving, you can typically expect to pay one-third to one-half the cost of a full-service move since you’re handling the moving labor yourself.  

Stay in control of how your belongings are packed and loaded 

By handling this part of the move yourself, you can handle your belongings yourself and make sure they’re packed and loaded safely and securely — just the way you want them.  

Work on your own schedule

Need to pack or load at midnight? With self-moving, that’s not a problem. You probably won’t find a moving service willing to work on that schedule. With a DIY move, you can pack, load and unload when it’s convenient for you.

Self-moving options

Besides rental trucks, the self-pack moving options you can choose from include portable storage containers and company-driven moving trailers, like those offered by U-Pack. Most everyone is familiar with rental trucks as a DIY option — you do everything from start to finish, including driving. Portable storage containers and company-driven moving trailers are a little different — you still load and unload, but you can drive to your new place in the comfort of your own vehicle while a professional driver moves your belongings. The best of both worlds. 

Self-moving with U-Pack   

When it comes to self-moving, U-Pack is one of the most popular choices around. You load and unload, and the professionals do the driving. With over 25 years of experience, excellent customer service and nearly 240 service centers strategically located across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, we can help ease the stress and work of your long-distance DIY move.    

Learn more about how U-Pack works

With U-Pack you get  

  • Budget-friendly pricing with no surprise fees 
  • Flexible choices for self-pack equipment 
  • Quick and secure shipments — typically in 4-6 business days 

Compare U-Pack to other self-pack moving companies 

Moving with U-Pack is easy, and getting a quote is even easier! Request a quick quote online or call 844-362-5303844-594-3077 to speak to a moving consultant. Compare our prices and services to other self-service movers to save money and hassle. Let us know in the comments if you have questions about how U-Pack can help with your long-distance move. We're ready to help!